Underprivileged students shine

Prajakta Joshi
Wednesday, 29 May 2019

“Since I began studying, the only thing I have ever dreamt of was to make my mother proud and to do something for her as my father is not amongst us anymore. And today I feel like I have taken a step towards it,” said Gayatri Vairage, the daughter of a SWaCH worker. 

Pune: “Since I began studying, the only thing I have ever dreamt of was to make my mother proud and to do something for her as my father is not amongst us anymore. And today I feel like I have taken a step towards it,” said Gayatri Vairage, the daughter of a SWaCH worker. 

Vairage has scored 74 per cent marks in Commerce stream in the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examination result which was declared on Tuesday.

The HSC examination is considered to be one of the most important milestones in our country. While the marks one scores in the Std XII board examination are considered to be the most important, the parents do everything in their capacity to make the year comfortable to their children so that they can focus totally on the studies. But not all have this privilege.

“The day I went to class XII, I planned all my time, so that I can find a balance between my studies and work. Apart from household work, I also went to help my mother, who does sanitation work in Rasta Peth. But I knew only studying hard and scoring good marks would help me,” Vairage said who has scored 74 per cent marks in Commerce stream.

With the dream of pursuing Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) examinations, she is now even more determined to go to college, and work even harder to succeed.

For Avinash Gaikwad, the lack of proper guidance was one of the major obstacles, but he tried to overcome it with help from his mother. He scored 74 per cent marks in Commerce stream.

“We are a family of four, living in a single room house. Hence, before and during examinations, I went to the university to study. That is where my mother works, she sweeps and takes the garbage out. Her bosses and a few professors she knew at the university, helped me a big time,” Gaikwad said.

A resident of Indira Vasti in Aundh, he studied at the Baburaoji Gholap College, Sangvi.

“I am very happy with my score. I am interested in making in my career in the banking sector,  but I need proper guidance, before I can take the next step,” he added.

The night schools in the city have a tradition of creating success stories. This year, the Poona Night High School and Junior College recorded a pass percentage of 72 per cent.

“There are so many students in the city, who come from different places across the state, work hard to earn their living during the day and then study at night. We are very proud of the efforts these children put in to score good marks,” Principal of the night school Avinash Takavale said.

A student of Commerce at the night school, Gaurav Navrat, who has scored 77.23 per cent said, “I have a 7 am to 3 pm job every day, post which I studied a little at home and then attended the school. I have come to Pune from Chiplun and since my family could not afford it, I decided to earn and learn.” Navrat aspires to become a chartered accountant and is soon planning to save enough to start taking coaching for the same.

Sharing a similar story, Prathamesh More who is also from Ratnagiri, said, “I have already been given free admission to Bachelors in Commerce at the Night College itself. I am interested in banking. I will continue to earn side by side as I pursue higher studies.”

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